Halfway through the Republican primaries, the pattern seems so strong that any deviation would be more of a miracle than a surprise - the Illinois primary on 20 March proved that point once again.

In a more moderate state, with large urban and suburban areas, and with high prices of advertising space, Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney did well, winning some 47% of votes and leaving his closest rival Senator Rick Santorum 12 points behind.

More importantly, Romney continued to collec...

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